1990 British Touring Car Championship
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|1990 BTCC season|
The 1990 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship season was the 33rd British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season and marked the last year of the Group A era. It was also the final year of the multi-class format.
Changes for 1990
- Classes changed from four to two. Group A cars now ran alongside the all new 2 litre Touring Car Formula, with a view to a single class formula for 1991. This was to encourage new manufacturers to enter the series, with a more even field of cars and cheaper running costs. BMW and Vauxhall already entered works teams this year, with other manufacturers showing interest for future seasons.
- One hour endurance races increased from one to two.
The first race was won by Andy Rouse in his Ford Sierra RS500. He also won the first 1 Hour endurance race at Donington Park GP with David Sears. The next race at Thruxton was won by Robb Gravett. Gravett also won the next six races including the second 1 Hour endurance race at Brands Hatch with Mike Smith. Rouse won the Birmingham Superprix. This would be best remembered for the last lap accident between Frank Sytner and John Cleland. It would be the last time that the BTCC would race on the track. Gravett then won at Donington. The last two races, at Thruxton and Silverstone, were won by Rouse and Gravett. It was Gravett who won the championship, despite the team's struggle to run through the season on a low budget with no main sponsor.
Teams and drivers
†Not eligible for points.
DDonington Park only.
BBrands Hatch only.
All races were held in the United Kingdom. Overall winners in bold.
|Round||Circuit||Date||Pole Position||Fastest Lap||Class A Winner||Class B Winner|
|1||Oulton Park (International), Cheshire||13 April||Robb Gravett||Tim Harvey||Andy Rouse||Kelvin Burt|
|2*||Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire||29 April||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett|| Andy Rouse
| Frank Sytner |
|3||Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire||28 May||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||John Cleland|
|4||Silverstone Circuit (National), Northamptonshire||10 June||Andy Rouse||Tim Harvey||Robb Gravett||Frank Sytner|
|5||Oulton Park (International), Cheshire||1 July||Mike Newman||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Frank Sytner|
|6||Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix), Northamptonshire||15 July||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Kurt Luby|
|7*||Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent||22 July||Robb Gravett||Andy Rouse|| Robb Gravett
| Frank Sytner |
|8||Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Norfolk||5 August||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||John Cleland|
|9||Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent||23 August||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||John Cleland|
|10||Birmingham Superprix, Birmingham||27 August||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Andy Rouse||Kurt Luby|
|11||Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire||16 September||Andy Rouse||Andy Rouse||Robb Gravett||Frank Sytner|
|12||Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire||23 September||Robb Gravett||Robb Gravett||Andy Rouse||Nettan Lindgren|
|13||Silverstone Circuit (National), Northamptonshire||7 October||Tim Harvey||Andy Rouse||Robb Gravett||John Cleland|
- * 1 hour endurance races.
- Note: bold signifies pole position in class, italics signifies fastest lap in class.
Endurance drivers results
|Gerritt van Kouwen||B||8||13|
Note: All endurance drivers were ineligible to score points.